School of Music Doctoral Student Wins Dissertation Prize

Trey Davis, doctoral student in the School of Music, won the 2013 Julius Herford Dissertation Prize from the National Research and Publications committee of the American Choral Directors Association for his dissertation “‘No one imagined…:’ ennobled suffering in David Lang’s the little match girl passion, An examination of profane pietism amid sacred form.”

Each year the Julius Herford Prize Subcommittee accepts nominations for the outstanding doctoral terminal research project in choral music. Projects are eligible if they comprise the principal research component of the degree requirements, whether the institution defines the project as a “dissertation,” “document,” “thesis,” or “treatise,” etc. Eligibility is limited to doctoral recipients whose degrees were conferred during the calendar year prior to the year of nomination.

The evaluation of submitted projects is done completely blind to dissertator, assisting faculty, and institution by an unpaid panel of choral conductor-scholars. The winner receives a $1000.00 cash prize and a commemorative plaque. This prize will be presented at the upcoming ACDA National conference in Salt Lake City.